How do we build character at a learning center?

Dear teachers, At an after school learning center, finding time to cultivate the students’ characters can be a luxury.  However, we cannot deny the fact that our classrooms also provide a social structure that the child encounters and an excellent opportunity for character-building. Classroom is not just about learning concepts; it is also a place where a foundation can be Read More …

Tran Luong Khoa Bang: Learning from the Uncertainties

“In and outside of class, I’m a boy who is very… indecisive and shy. It’s hard for me to make new friends sometimes.” – Khoa Bang, a 10th grader from British International School (BIS), smiled and stated when being asked to describe himself. Little did we expect, Khoa Bang will soon venture himself to a new chapter of his academic Read More …

How To Spark Learning Everywhere Kids Go, Starting With The Supermarket

In America, a group of postdoctoral researchers at Temple University Infant & Child Laboratory conduct a supermarket project to help create opportunities for children to learn in their daily life with their caregivers and teachers. The cost for this intervention: It stays around $20 per market. Here’s the design: Signs are installed in various areas of the supermarket, prompting parents to ask their children Read More …

Worried About Screen Time? Don’t Let Kids Go It Alone

Here’s a new way of modern education: purchase an educational app, stick the tablet in your kid’s hands, and most importantly, sit down and be present to him or her. On Apple’s store alone, there are more than 80,000 apps categorized as educational. As great as they are in encouraging brain development, they are not babysitters. A study, published in Child Development, Read More …

Brains at Play: What Do We Know?

Playing is fun. Playing is good. Whether by oneself or with a group, on a screen or on a board, we all like to play. Why so? Jaak Panksepp, a scientist who has dedicated himself to researching on brains at play, developed a hypothesis: Play is how we learn the rules of being social. Through playing, we learn what others like Read More …

2017 Neubauer International Summer Scholars

The University of Chicago hosts the 2017 Neubauer International Summer Scholars for high school students from Brazil, Mexico, and Vietnam. The program provides full-bright scholarships, sponsored by the Neubauer family, for talented high school students to UChicago to get an early taste of an exceptional university experience by taking college-level classes and living on campus. Students selected will participate in one of our Summer Read More …